Online Dating: 10 Psychological Insights

26 Oct

1. INTERNET DATERS ARE NOT LOSERS

2. ONLINE DATERS DO LIE (BUT ONLY A LITTLE)

3. PHOTO FALLACIES

4. YOUR BEST LOOK

5. OPPOSITES (STILL) DON’T ATTRACT

6. INTERNET DATING ENCOURAGES SOME DIVERSITY

Although opposites don’t tend to attract, by its nature internet dating does encourage diverse matches. The authors argue that it is changing the face of marriage by bring together types of people who previously never would have met.

7. KEEP THE FIRST MESSAGE SHORT

8. EMOTIONALITY IS ATTRACTIVE

9. AFTER SCREENING, 51% MEET FACE-TO-FACE

10. RELATIONSHOPPING

Part of the problem is that people are encouraged by online dating to think in consumerist terms. Users are ‘relationshopping’: looking at other people’s features, weighing them up, then choosing potential partners, as though from a catalogue; it’s human relationships reduced to check-boxes.

link to article on psychblog

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